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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight, john krasinski, star of "i'm dying up here," actress melissa leo, congressman from california, adam schiff, featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening i'm seth meyers, this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] fantastic to hear. in that case let's get to the news. according to the "wall street journal," special counsel robert mueller has empanelled a grand jury for the russia investigation which will make it easier for him to subpoena records, get sworn witness testimony, and issue indictments. said one guy, great, what else
do you need? printer paper, calculator? help me help you. [ laughter ] [ scattered applause ] according to the "associated press," president trump will take a 17 day vacation starting tomorrow at his golf club in new jersey. 17 days in new jersey doesn't sound like a vacation. it sounds like an episode of "i survived." that's more days than chris christie has spent in new jersey. [ cheers and applause ] for real? for real i'm pretty sure if you spend 17 days in jersey, you become an honorary member of the e street band. mr. president, i seriously think you need some vacation tips, and i know just the guy. that's how you do it. [ cheers and applause ] according to the "hollywood reporter" president trump was being considered for the role of president in the 2015 tv movie,
"sharknado 3," and was upset when the job was given to someone else, and then even more upset when he found out who got it. [ light laughter ] [ applause ] but i won the popular vote in "sharknado" world. it's very important -- in "sharknado" world, popular is even more impressive. [ light laughter ] according to "politico," former press secretary sean spicer, who tendered his resignation last month, gave his family a tour of the white house earlier this week. he even showed them all his favorite hiding spots. [ laughter ] and this is where -- this is where daddy would go when he was hiding from the press. when daddy didn't want to have to answer for a liar, he'd come over and hide here. [ light laughter ] according to the "new york
times," president trump is considering appointing a new national security adviser, just as soon as it gets its security clearance. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] i swear, if he tells me to ask again later one more time, he's out. i'm going to scaramucci that ball. the new york city's health department today officially opened five public lactation pods for nursing moms. coincidentally, lactation pods is what mike pence calls breasts. [ laughter ] [ applause ] police in louisiana arrested a driver after they discovered two pounds of marijuana hidden in honey nut cheerios, and captain crunch cereal boxes in his car. wow, since i was a kid, cereal box prizes have gotten way cooler. [ light laughter ]
[ applause ] new england patriots quarterback, tom brady turned 40 today. he tried to blow out his candles, but as usual didn't use enough air. [ cheers and applause ] you know, from two years ago. [ laughter ] he's got a great life. [ light laughter ] and finally a spa themed amusement park has opened in japan, which includes a hot tub merry go round. oh, i can't wait to get in there, said bacteria. ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] from the powerful new film, "detroit," the wonderful john krasinski is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] she is a fantastic actress, she's also the star of showtime's new series "i'm dying up here," melissa leo joins us tonight. [ cheers and applause ]
and i was saying backstage what an exciting night to have the congressman from california and a ranking member of the house intelligence committee, adam schiff joins us. [ cheers and applause ] but before we get to all that, donald trump's presidency was already in a tailspin before today's bombshell news that the special council has empanelled a grand jury in the russia investigation, and on top of that, trump's embarrassing phone calls with the leaders of mexico, and australia were leaked. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: as we saw throughout the campaign. donald trump's political career has been declared dead many times. so it's important not to get ahead of ourselves, but still judging from the newest poll numbers, his presidency sure seems like it's in crisis. >> 61% of those polled disapprove of the job president trump is doing. 62% of the american people say president trump is not honest. in addition, 71% of voters say
president trump is not level headed, and then there's this, a majority of the american people, 54%, say that they are embarrassed to have donald trump as their president. >> seth: those sound less like poll numbers, and more like your wife yelling at you after you got too drunk at a party. i married you because i thought you were level headed, but you embarrassed me tonight, michael. [ laughter ] i came home 54% embarrassed. so it looks like trump has hit rock bottom, but hey, at least there's nowhere to go but up, right? >> breaking news, nbc news confirms robert mueller has empanelled a grand jury in washington to investigate russia's interference in the 2016 election. >> seth: although trump's probably excited because he thinks a grand jury is just a fancier jury. [ laughter ] so beautiful, not like one of those dump juries. beautiful gold, 12 chandeliers. now as we know, when things aren't going well for trump, he tends to retreat further into
his alternate reality. a reality where, he's beloved by all, and the country is fairing better than ever before. for example, after the boy scouts distanced themselves from trump due to an outcry over his highly partisan speech. trump out of nowhere insisted to the "wall street journal" that his speech was an unequivocal success. he told the paper, i got a call from the head of the boy scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them. first of all, that speech wasn't made to them, it was made at them. donald trump basically held a group of boy scouts hostage. in the movie version, the rock has to parachute in to save them. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] second, when they were asked for details about that alleged phone call with trump. the boy scouts told the "associated press," we're unaware of any such call. that's right, the president lied about getting a phone call from the boy scouts. i'm also starting to think his merit badge for best at all the things isn't real either. white house press secretary
sarah huckabee sanders tried to clarify the discrepancy yesterday, but reporters were not buying it. >> in terms of the boy scouts, multiple members of the boy scout leadership, following his speech there that day, congratulated him, praised him. they were direct conversations, not actual phone calls. >> he lied, he didn't receive a phone call. >> i wouldn't say it was a lie. >> seth: i wouldn't say it was a lie, it was just a little white lie, from a big white liar. and then there's trump's repeated -- [ cheers and applause ] then there's trump's repeated insistence that the economy, which he claimed was stagnant under president obama is suddenly roaring now that he's president. for example gdp rose by 2.6% in the second quarter, and trump celebrated that as an unprecedented success. >> we have gdp on friday, 2.6, is a number that nobody thought they'd see for a long period of time. and 2.6 is an unbelievable number. >> seth: trump talks about numbers like he just got called
up to the front of the class to solve a math problem. johnny, what's 2.6 times 17. so over here, 2.6, and don't get me started on 2.6. what an unbelievable number. you've got a 2 and you've got a 6, they're separated by a dot, and oh, boy, what a dot this dot is right here, and i'd love to finish, but may i have the bathroom pass? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] in fact, not only -- not only is 2.6 not an unbelievable number, in the third quarter of 2016 when obama was still president, growth was actually higher at 2.9%. a point made emphatically yesterday by msnbc. >> we need to put this to rest. he's been saying this all the time, and if anybody who has anything to do with president trump is watching this. please send him this message. this 2.6% economic growth, it is for one quarter. you can spike growth for a quarter all sorts of times. in fact, you know how many times during president obama's eight years growth was 2.6% or higher? 14 quarters.
14 quarters. >> one more time. say it again? >> 14 times during president obama's administration. >> seth: i like that msnbc anchors are now acting as hype men for one another. [ laughter ] one more time, say it again. [ applause ] soon they're going to start taking their lapel mikes off, and dropping them. msnb see ya! [ light laughter ] and then yesterday, we saw another feature of trump's alternate reality. the idea that immigrants are pouring into our country, and hurting our economy. yesterday, trump proposed new legislation cutting legal immigration by half, and imposing new language requirements on immigrants before they come here. naturally, this policy was highly controversial, which meant it was time to bring back a trump spokesman we haven't seen in a while. that's right, i'm talking about steven miller. [ thunder ] [ light laughter ] that's right, steven miller is back from the dead, though from the looks of him, only part way back. [ laughter ]
and he took to the podium, and immediately started fighting with the press. >> can you tell me how many -- >> look maybe we'll make a carve out in the bill, that says "the new york times" can hire all the low skill less paid workers they want from other countries, and see how you feel then about low wage substitution. >> the statue of liberty says, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." >> the poem that you're referring to was added later. it's not actually part of the original statue of liberty. >> seth: man, i'm surprised to hear that kind of disdain for a statue from a guy who looks that much like a church gargoyle. [ laughter ] but he wasn't done bringing the charm, please continue steven miller. >> it reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree, that in your mind -- no, this is an amazing moment. >> from other parts of the world -- >> but that's not what you said, and it shows -- it shows your cosmopolitan bias. >> you're trying to engineer the racial, and ethnic flow of people into this country. >> jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you've ever said. >> seth: man, is there anyone more off putting than steven miller?
[ light laughter ] he looks like a mortician's ghost. [ light laughter ] he looks like the guy in a prison movie who's in for eating his family. [ laughter ] i miss mother. she was delicious. [ laughter ] he looks like the hitchhiker, other hitchhiker's stay away from. [ light laughter ] his catch phrase is, i didn't mean to startle you. steven miller knows what you did last summer. and by the way, the idea of cutting back on visas, and slashing legal immigration in half was not well received by congress either. gop senator lindsey graham of south carolina had this to say. >> south carolina's economy, the number one is agriculture, number two is tourism. so my farmers, my hotel owners, my restaurant owners have a hard time finding labor. it's not that americans are lazy. these are jobs that are just hard to fill, and when you can't find an american worker, you can get a legal visa, it's a win win. you take that, and cut it in
half, it will destroy south carolina's economy. other than that, it's a good idea. >> seth: just a warning, be careful with that sarcasm, senator, because sarcasm will be lost on trump. he will just hear the compliment. did you hear, lindsay said it was a good idea, and it wasn't in the least bit sassy. now, if it seems to you like trump is cynically playing to his base with these moves, you're not the only one. today the "washington post" released transcripts of donald trump's january call with the president of mexico, and they illustrated the depths of his cynicism. one thing that became clear quickly in the call was that trump seems to admit that his signature campaign pledge to get mexico to pay for the wall was just an empty political ploy, and general trump really wanted to hammer home, it would be best for him if the mexican president would stop saying that mexico was not going to pay for the wall, saying among other things, so what i would like to recommend is, if we're going to have continued dialogue, we will work out the wall.
they're going to say, who is going to pay for the wall mr. president to both of us, and we should both say we will work it out. it will work out in the formula somehow. as opposed to you saying we will not pay, and me saying, we will not pay. he's like a guy talking to his friend on their way home from a bachelor party. we cannot say we went to a strip club. your wife will ask, and my wife will ask, and it's best if we just say we had some steak, and we went to bed early, but this only works if we both do it. trump, at one point, tried to connect with the mexican president by talking about his election victory, but again, it was very unclear what he was trying to say, talking about himself in the third person, he said, in ohio they're having rallies for trump right now, because trump has taken a hard stance on mexico. some of these states have not been won in 38 years by a republican, and i won them very easily so they are dancing in the streets. you probably have the same thing where they are dancing in your street also, but in reverse. [ laughter ] what?
in reverse? so they dance backwards? [ laughter ] like the moonwalk? trump sounds like he learned his facts about other countries from a children's book. do you know that in mexico they dance backwards? [ light laughter ] they walk on their hands, and they wear shoes on their heads. but more offensive than anything trump said about mexico, was what he said about america. when discussing drugs coming in from mexico, trump said, i won new hampshire because new hampshire is a drug infested den. now i'm from new hampshire, and as we discussed last week, new hampshire has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, but still, don't call it a drug infested den. it's new england, it's a drug infested inn. [ laughter ] [ applause ] this truly -- this truly is trump at his worst. he's openly talking about how he benefited politically from a very real epidemic. he took office, and immediately tried to dismantle a health care program that provides treatment for that epidemic, and the
person he put in charge of handling the opioid epidemic is chris christie who was last seen in milwaukee having a mexican stand off with a cubs fan over a plate of nachos, and the nachos lost. but it gets worse, because the "washington post" also obtained a transcript of trump's tense phone call with the prime minister of australia, and immigration came up on that call as well because trump was angry about a pre-existing agreement from the obama administration to resettle about twelve-hundred and fifty refugees from australian detention centers. trump tried to explain his concerns about the refugees australia was sending, but it didn't really make any sense. i hate taking these people, trump said. i guarantee you they are bad, that is why they are in prison right now. they are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people, an apparent reference to u.s. dairy farms. [ laughter ] clearly, clearly this is a man who has never been in a grocery store. [ laughter ]
this is delicious. send my best to the local milk people. [ laughter ] so trump's presidency is in crisis with record low poll numbers, a rapidly escalating russia scandal, draconian immigration policies, and lies about the economy, and the boy scouts. senator graham? >> other than that, it's a good idea. [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with our friend john krasinski everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> for more of seth's closer looks be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. what's going on here? um... i'm babysitting. that'll be $50 bucks. you said $30. yeah, well it was $30 before my fees, like the pizza-ordering fee and the dog-sitting fee... and the rummage through your closet fee. are those my heels? yeah! yeah, we're the same size...in shoes. with t-mobile taxes and fees are already included, so you get four lines of unlimited for just $40 bucks each.
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back, everybody, please give it up for the 8g band over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, we've had such a wonderful week because we've had fred armisen back with us. give it up for fred, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] love having you here fred, love catching up with you. you live such an interesting life. you have all these projects. you're just doing another -- your last season of "portlandia" right now. >> fred: yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: congratulations. >> fred: thanks. >> seth: and you know, there's no reason for you to make up other accomplishments, because you've accomplished so much, that i feel like if you stay in reality, people will be very impressed by you as a person. [ light laughter ] and yet i hear you backstage telling people what you're up to, and i do not believe those to be true things.
and i'm just going to say something i overheard you saying. and if it's not true, just say seth, that's not true. >> fred: i think so. >> seth: i heard you telling people you started a summer camp for kids this summer? >> fred: i did. [ light laughter ] i started a summer camp, it's called the summer camp for the hunchback of notre dames. [ light laughter ] so it's in celebration of the hunchback of notre dame. you know the character, you know, he swings from the bell and everything. [ light laughter ] >> seth: do you know the character? [ laughter ] >> fred: yeah, you know, he swings from -- it's to get -- get up into those, you know, the bell towers. >> seth: bell towers? >> fred: bell towers, cathedrals -- and get up there and just like, ring those bells, you know, walk it. because he's also -- his dress style, he had that sort of frock. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> fred: you know, and it's just to get kids -- like to embrace that and let that be part of them, you know? [ light laughter ] >> seth: so if -- i'm sorry, do you do something to give the child a sense of a hunched back? >> fred: yes, so we have these -- what are called half boulders. >> seth: what are they called? >> fred: they're called half boulders. [ light laughter ]
it's half of a boulder, and we just put them on their backs. they're not that big, and we just -- you know, tie them on with a rope. and they walk around with it and get to know each other and talk. [ laughter ] they converse and share ideas for once in their lives, you know? >> seth: and you feel like the half boulder somehow helps this interaction? >> fred: yeah, because it's like ignore the boulder, ignore this. [ laughter ] let's talk. >> seth: and now, it seems to me that you would then have to have the camp at least near to a cathedral? >> fred: yes. >> seth: okay. >> fred: that's the hard part, we had to have one built upstate. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you built a cathedral in upstate new york. >> fred: very expensive. >> seth: okay. >> fred: in the millions. [ light laughter ] >> seth: what's the name of the camp again? >> fred: freddie's little camp. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you know our first guest tonight from his role as jim halpert. [ cheers and applause ] on the hit series "the office," as well as such films as "it's complicated" and "13 hours." his new movie "detroit" is in theaters friday, let's take a look. >> and so you say that the man who took one of the victims into the room, that he was a national guardsman.
so i presume you know that because he was wearing the uniform of the national guard? >> well, yes. i saw a guy in uniform take him back there. >> did you see anybody else go back into that room? >> no. >> would you have been able to see if anybody else went back in that room? at the time, wasn't your head turned back around by the police officers that were still standing there with you? >> yes. >> seth: please welcome to the show john krasinski, everybody. ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome. >> congratulations. this is the first night of your show, right? >> seth: this is the very first night of my show. >> this is opening night! >> seth: congratulations on your haircut in the movie. >> thank you. [ light laughter ]
thank you, yeah. they were like, we have a wig for you. i was like, wigs? i got my own. >> seth: did you -- now did you? >> no, that was my hair. >> seth: really? >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: i was watching saying, that looks really good. and you've got a great head of hair that i feel can also look awful as evidenced by that, but it looks great. [ light laughter ] >> it's called a period piece. >> seth: yeah. >> no, i actually remember going up to kathryn bigelow, who is one of the greatest directors ever. >> seth: yeah. >> and she was like, yeah, just pull the hair down. it's kind of the style. and i was like, yeah, yeah, totally. and then kept trying sneak it back to the scene. >> seth: sure. >> i wanted to do a lot of like -- "you know, your honor." [ light laughter ] and she's like "no, no, no. it's not how they wore it." and i was like, "okay, i'll put it back." >> seth: yeah. it's so weird to think that there was just a time where everybody was totally fine with like just hair. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah, just like just resting there your whole day, a big old -- big old fat piece of hair. [ light laughter ] >> just a nation of like, skater kids being like, "hey i'm also a lawyer." [ light laughter ] you know. >> seth: and did you know -- so this is -- you mentioned oscar winner kathryn bigelow directed and -- >> i thought you were talking about me. i was like, oscar winner? let's not jump the gun. [ light laughter ] but i'm feeling pretty good. the hair will win.
>> seth: the hair will win, yeah. [ light laughter ] did you know much about these detroit riots? >> i had heard about it. >> seth: yeah. >> you know, i had heard a little bit about it, but nothing in detail. and it's unlike anything else i've seen. to say it's the best movie i've seen in a long time is such an understatement. because it's almost -- when i came out of the screening, this girl was like, "you know people are talking about virtual reality." that is virtual reality. and that's what it is. you're immersed in this movie in a way that when it ends, you're like, what just happened? you were in some weird time portal and it's -- it should be a mandatory screening. everybody should see it just to see what it was. >> seth: fantastic. congratulations on it. >> thank you. >> seth: and obviously, that's "detroit." when we first met, we're both red sox fans. >> in detroit. >> seth: met in detroit. we're red sox fans. you're from massachusetts, i'm from new hampshire. >> that's true. >> seth: now as someone from massachusetts, do you think it's okay that somebody from new hampshire is also a red sox fan? do you count us? >> yeah, but like you're our jv squad of fans. >> seth: yeah, okay, gotcha. [ light laughter ] >> yeah, it's like we ride in the bus and you guys ride in the cars behind the bus. [ light laughter ] >> seth: that sounds about right.
>> yeah, you're like, go boston red sox fans. we're like, thanks, guys. [ light laughter ] >> seth: and yet neither of us -- we're both without accents. >> it's true. >> seth: did you have to get rid of one? >> no. >> seth: yeah. >> no, i grew up in newton, mass. which is the least street place, i think, in the suburbs of boston. >> seth: i should point out, to the people in actual boston, you are the jv. >> that's right. >> seth: newton is to like southie what new hampshire is to newton. >> oh, yeah. right now some guy's going "is he giving that new hampshire kid a hard time? [ light laughter ] i'll give you a hard time, newton." [ light laughter ] that's what they're saying right now. >> seth: there you go. so you have a boston accent? you can do one. >> yeah, i can dust it off any time. >> seth: yeah. >> usually a couple of drinks helps. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, it does. >> or it doesn't even help, it just forces its way in. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, exactly. >> people are like, oh when he has drinks, he does the boston accent. it's like, no, it's happening now. >> seth: you also -- something else we have in common. you have a couple -- you have two kids now, two girls. >> yeah, we're multiplying. >> seth: beautiful girls. this is interesting to me, because i'm on the first one. i've heard you have issues with the baby products industry. >> you heard from who? >> seth: i've heard -- look, i've read some negative yelp
reviews that are very much in your voice. [ laughter ] >> that's what it is. oh, good. at least you've been tracking. no, it's so funny, you find yourself -- because it's the most amazing thing in the world, but you also feel like you're on duty, so you feel kind of stressed out as far as -- you want everything to be perfect. and when they're really young, little things drove me insane. like wet wipes. does anybody have kids? nobody has ever had a kid? [ light laughter ] there's these little bags of wet wipes you pull out, and you wipe bums. but the problem is, you never pull out one. they're like bunched in 200. >> seth: yeah. >> so you're holding a kid that's like seven days old and the first thing she's seeing is this giant person being like -- [ laughter ] like throwing this thing and like trying to get one wet wipe out. the baby's like, "this is the worst." [ light laughter ] emily's like, "what's going on?" i'm like, "i'm just terrifying the child, it's fine." [ light laughter ] and then just last week, my youngest daughter got a onesie that had color coded buttons. and i had to take a knee. >> seth: yeah. it was like an emotional moment. i went, "thank you whoever invented this." [ light laughter ] >> seth: oh yeah. like when a kid's moving around,
you're like, "where's the button go?" and then my kid gets up like this -- like that. >> seth: there's times my wife will be in the other room and can hear -- i'm not even saying anything. she can just feel frustration coming. >> oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: like, is everything all right? i'm like, "it's not going great with the onesie right now." [ light laughter ] >> that's nice. at least you explain it. i just go, "yeah!" [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. [ talking over each other ] >> seth: you walk over and like there's a new childproof lock on something, and it's the first time you've seen it. and you get over and like you immediately get flop sweat, because you're like, i have do be an adult. >> and then mission impossible starts playing. >> seth: yeah. >> it's like -- [ imitating "mission impossible" theme ] >> seth: because you're like, i need to be able to figure this out in 20 seconds, or else i'm going to be shamed for the next year. >> but you're also going up to it with a task. >> seth: yeah. >> because your wife will be like, "hey, can you go down and grab that thing?" you're like, "yeah, yeah, totally. oh my god. [ light laughter ] oh my god, do you pull it then push it? do you talk to it then pull it? [ light laughter ] do you have to play twinkle twinkle and then it opens? like, how does it happen? [ laughter ] how does it work?" >> seth: your beautiful wife emily blunt, she's in a film that you wrote and directed. >> yes. >> seth: so that's very exciting. this is the first time you guys
have -- >> that's what this beard's for, yes. >> seth: oh, wow. >> so it's not just depression, it's like a -- yeah. >> seth: that's a good beard, though. >> thank you. >> seth: that's not a depression beard, because it's like very -- it's nice and like, trimmed. >> thank you, yes. i wrote a script. i rewrote a script these guys wrote, that it was great. and i'm directing now. and the best compliment of my entire career is when she actually read it just to read it for me. and then she said, "would you ever let me be in the movie." >> seth: that's great. >> and i took a knee again. and she's like, "what is this taking a knee thing? [ laughter ] why are you getting so emotional?" and i'm like, "one sec!" [ laughter ] >> seth: i can't wait to see that. >> thank you. >> seth: congrats on "detroit." >> thank you very much. >> seth: and it's just so wonderful to finally have you here, man. i appreciate it. >> so good to be here, man. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much. >> seth: john krasinski, everybody! "detroit" is in theaters tomorrow. we'll be right back with melissa leo. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ liberty mutual stood with me when this guy got a flat tire in the middle of the night. hold on dad... liberty did what? yeah, liberty mutual 24-hour roadside assistance helped him to fix his flat so he could get home safely.
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>> you ever wonder what you would have done if, you know if you failed? >> you mean like options? >> i guess. >> you have options. you have outs. all i had was gut and survival. believe me, cass. the best thing that ever happened to me was getting painted into that corner. >> seth: please welcome to the show, melissa leo, everybody. ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: they're a wonderful audience. >> yeah! you have them very well trained. >> seth: i'm so -- they're very well trained. we've had them in all week. [ laughter ] i'm so excited to have you here. i'm such a big fan. and congratulations on this show. this is a sort of fictional account of the time when johnny carson moved "the tonight show" to l.a. that led to this sort of standup comedy boom. were you a carson fan? did you watch carson?
>> well, back in the early '70s, there wasn't a lot of other things on. >> seth: right. >> late night on television. >> seth: no, i think you did like 90 million people would watch it. >> if you had the tv on, it was pretty much -- we didn't have a television when i was growing up. >> seth: so you were one of the people that weren't -- >> for the longest time. so yeah. no, but i was introduced to him before i was maybe ten or so. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> so i sort of knew who mr. carson was. >> seth: you're playing a fictional character at a fictional comedy club called goldies. but there is a, sort of famously, the comedy store is run by a woman named mitzi shore. was run, and do you sort of pull from her history a fair amount? >> sort of pull from her history, not quite. it's more of goldie is an homage, in my mind, to mitzi shore. i would say it has nothing to do with mitzi. except mitzi shore did something that nobody, no other human, man or women, did in the way that she painted that club black and put the spotlight on the stage. >> seth: yeah. a lot of the things we think of
when we think of stand-up comedy she invented. >> absolutely. she kind of brought it -- brought it on, and made the club that she and her husband owned up on sunset, said only comics. because they had poets and folk music and all kinds of things going on. and she started basically the first comedy club. >> seth: and it's still there and it still looks the same. >> exactly right. >> seth: which is really, i think a credit to her vision. >> she's a remarkable amazing woman. but i am not by any stretch of the imagination playing mitzi shore. >> seth: and did, now -- you do not have a background in standup comedy. you are not also an improviser, but i heard, did you take an improv class once? >> i was -- >> seth: just, did it go well, based on this reaction? [ laughter ] just one time? >> i was invited in for free to take budd friedman's improv class. >> seth: gotcha. >> here in new york city years and years ago. and i thought, well, okay, for free? really? all right. and then i went. i got up once on the stage. and i was -- [ laughter ] >> seth: it went so bad -- it
went so bad that they made you pay them after. >> exactly. [ laughter ] >> seth: all right. so i -- i'm sorry to bring this up. but i am such -- one of my favorite television shows of all time is "homicide: life on the street," which is a show you were on. and you played -- >> oh, my gosh. >> seth: there's a picture of you. [ cheers and applause ] i had to get another photo, because this was -- i mean this is crazy that is only the '90s and that was an okay suit to wear. [ laughter ] and you kind of wore suits like that all the time. >> that was a very nice suit now. >> seth: it's a beautiful suit. >> that was really quite a nice -- >> seth: it goes all the way down to there. [ laughter ] it's like steve harvey suit. [ light laughter ] >> no. i won't miss that jacket so much any more. >> seth: now but -- but it was interesting because you played a female homicide detective which was not actually even a thing that was in baltimore at the time. >> yeah, when we did the show, there had never been in the history of baltimore p.d. on 9/11, here in new york city, the new york city police department lost their first female officer in the line of duty.
>> seth: wow. i had no idea. >> they just don't, you know, all equal rights and everything -- it's actually they don't really send the women where they send the men. and there are many more female homicide detectives in the country today and i like to think that kay howard was kind of -- >> seth: i hope so. well it was certainly a trail blazing role for me. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm so happy to finally meet you. thank you for so much for being here, melissa. >> thank you. >> seth: congratulations on the show. melissa leo, everybody. "i'm dying up here" airs sunday nights at 10pm on showtime. we'll be right back with congressman adam schiff. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our next guest is a congressman from california and the ranking member of the house intelligence committee. please welcome to the show congressman adam schiff, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> seth: this is a great night to have you. i guess for, i don't know. [ light laughter ]
i don't know if there are great nights any more. but you obviously have been -- you're on the house intelligence committee. you've been dealing a lot with the russian investigations. so i'm happy you're here, but i don't think donald trump is. he tweeted about you recently. and right here we see, "sleazy adam schiff, the totally biased congressman looking into russia. spends all his time on television --" so he's got you there. [ laughter ] "pushing the dem loss excuse." so, when you first saw that, from the president of the united states, how did you feel? >> well i was getting on a plane to fly to washington and my phone lit up with messages. "the president just called you a sleaze." and my reaction was, "i've been slimed." >> seth: yeah. >> like a character on "ghostbusters." >> seth: you did. >> but my second reaction was, he really of should of talked to my friends from grade school. >> seth: yeah. >> with a name like schiff they did much better than he did. >> seth: yeah. >> a lot of material to work for there. >> seth: yeah, he does really good with his, like, disparaging nicknames. but i feel like he dropped the ball. >> it was a missed opportunity. >> seth: i feel like you're making him so angry that you're blinding his ability to really dig in. [ laughter ]
>> this is true. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so i want to talk about "the wall street journal" reported tonight that special council mueller has opened up a grand jury. now you have a different investigation. you're the house intelligence committees investigation. there's a senate judiciary committee. there's a senate intelligence committee. the grand jury is separate. but what can -- what does this tell you as somebody with your legal background that he has opened up a grand jury? >> well his responsibility is really different than all of ours in congress because we're looking at the range of what russia did. their active measures campaign. what tactics they employed. he's looking at a very specific task and that is, were u.s. laws violated and if so who should be prosecuted. and the fact that he has now apparently or reportedly gone to the grand jury means he now needs the power of compulsion to get documents to compel witnesses to testify. that is a necessary step to move forward to a potential prosecution. it doesn't mean that he will prosecute.
but this is part of a investigation very much moving forward. >> seth: and another report said that he's sort of moving into the financial element of this. donald trump had said recently, in speaking about special council mueller, that that was sort of a red line for him. why do you think it is that donald trump is so worried about the financial part of this investigation? >> well i'll tell you why i'm so concerned about it. and that is, when people think about compromat, what the russians compromising material. they tend to think about the dossier, potentially, salacious videos. >> seth: it's all i think about. [ light laughter ] but i wish you hadn't brought it up. [ laughter ] >> the far more compromising material would be if the russians were engaged as they do in other places like europe. in illicit financial transactions and money laundering or something like that, with the trump organization. then they would have very powerful compromising material they could hold over his head and it could affect u.s. policies. so if bob mueller is looking
into this, you know, it's really quite necessary to make sure that our policy is based on u.s. national security interests. not the personal exposure of the president of the united states. and obviously this deeply worries the president. now whether that says something about his financial dealings in the past remains to be seen, but plainly, this is what got him once again to talk about possibly removing mueller. >> seth: now, you were talking about did the russians do anything to compromise the trump administration, donald trump personally. and this is interesting, because the russians, you could find in your investigation that the russians did things, and it turns out that the trump's were not aware of this. and jared kushner sort of made that argument. it was in a leaked audio, to congressional interns that we couldn't have colluded with the russians. he basically said, we didn't even -- we couldn't even collude with our own campaign. like, basically making an argument of incompetence. [ light laughter ] which isn't a bad argument. [ laughter ] >> and the speaker has often made the same argument.
>> seth: yes. >> don't hold the president responsible. he doesn't know what he's doing. >> seth: he's new. >> he's new. he's inexperienced. he's not a politician. >> seth: all things that would have been great to hear on the campaign trail. [ laughter ] >> absolutely. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so, i want to ask this as well. i'm imagining that you have a lot of people that see you and see your investigation as some sort of savior for the democratic party. like this, you're gonna discover something that's gonna push him out of office. and it strikes me that the democrats are at risk right now, as a party, of putting too much stock in hoping that an investigation brings about the end of the trump administration when the focus should be at where you hope administrations end, at the ballet box. do you think the democratic party is doing enough messaging outside of their investigations into the trump administration. as far as, hey, the next time you vote, we actually have a message that is independent of what we think is wrong with the current people in power.
>> you know, this is, i think, absolutely essential and that is yes, we have do go forward with the investigation, and that's very important for the reasons we talked about. but more than that, we need to give voters a positive, a powerful positive reason to vote for democrats. not just all the reasons they don't like donald trump, which they know already. and i think the real key to that is addressing the economic concerns that people have. particularly in distressed communities where they look at a small global world. they look at automation replacing a lot of jobs. and they ask, and they have every right to ask, what are you offering us to give us hope that our lives can be better? that our children's lives can be better? they have every right to ask that. we need to have a good answer for them. the republicans have no answer except, you're going to win so much you're gonna be tired of winning. >> seth: yeah. >> well they're not tired of winning. but we owe them a good answer too. and we are working on it. it's, i think, not only vital to the democratic party, it's vital to the country. if we're going to have a
situation where we continue to pass on to the next generation a higher quality of life. we're gonna have to answer that very difficult but very important economic question. >> seth: i look forward to seeing -- hearing what those answers are from the party. last thing, every day, i pay attention to this stuff every day. the part of me that can be shocked, i keep waiting to be numbed, but every day something happens where i go, what? does that still happening for you? >> every day it happens. >> seth: okay. >> it -- >> seth: all right. [ cheers and applause ] it's nice to see year not jaded. >> i like to say i'm running out of adjectives and expletives. >> seth: well there you go. we have to start -- we have to find more of those for this. thank you so much for being here. really appreciate it. >> my pleasure. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: congressman adam schiff, everybody. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ready, ok! when we say "study"! you say "haul"!
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